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Such a man only feareth the eyes of men, and knoweth not that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand times brighter than the sun, beholding all the ways of men, and considering the most secret parts.

He knew all things ere ever they were created; so also after they were perfected, he looked

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them all, This man shall be punished in the streets of the city, and where he suspected not, he shall be taken.

Thus shall it go also with the wife that leaveth her husband, and bringeth in an heir by another,

For, first she hath disobeyed the law of the Most High; and secondly, she hath trespassed against her own husband; and thirdly, she hath played the whore in adultery, and brought children by another man.

Her children shall not take root, and her branches shall bring forth no fruit.

She shall leave her memory to be cursed, and ber reproach shall not be blotted out.

And they that remain shall know, that there is nothing better than the fear of the Lord, and

that there is nothing sweeter, than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord.

CHAP. XXV.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of his love; and faith is the beginning of cleaving unto him.

Give me any plague, but the plague of the heart: and any wickedness but the wickedness of a woman n:

I had rather dwell with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman.

The wickedness of a woman changeth her face, and darkeneth her countenance like sackcloth.

Her husband shall sit among his neighbours; and when he heareth it, shall sigh bitterly.

All wickedness is but little to the wicked. ness of a woman; let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.

As the climbing up a sandy way is to the feet of the aged, so is a wife full of words to a quiet

man.

A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance, and a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress, maketh weak hands and feeble knees.

CHAP. XXVI.

Blessed is the man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double.

A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace.

A good wife is a good portion, which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord.

There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth, I was sore afraid : the sland der of a city, the gathering together of an un

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ruly multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death.

But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman that is jealous over another woman,

and scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.

An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her, is as though he held a scorpion.

A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord, and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed.

A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.

As the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house.

There be two things that grieve my heart: and the third maketh me angry : a map of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword.

CHAP. XXVIII.'

He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.

Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so 'shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.

One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord ?

He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself; and doth he ask forgiveness of bis own sins ?

If he that is but flesh, nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins ?

Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; remember corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.

Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminishi thy sins; for a furious man will kindle strife.

An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting, sheddeth blood.

Curse the whisperer and double-tongued : for such have destroyed many that were at peace.

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